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Walt Disney & The Vinyl Record

Updated on February 1, 2017
Mickey Mouse and Minnie's Mouse In Town
Mickey Mouse and Minnie's Mouse In Town | Source

A History of Walt Disney & the Vinyl Record

Walt Disney Records was formed in 1956, after more than two decades of licensing the audio recording rights for Disney products to various labels such as RCA, Decca, Capitol, and Golden Records. Walt Disney was encouraged to create this new business, much as he had created his own music publishing company in 1949, and a film distribution company in 1953. It was actually Walt Disney's brother Roy Disney who suggested that Walt Disney Productions form their own record label for Disney releases. Roy enlisted long time staffer Jimmy Johnson to head this new division Disneyland Records. The label was established in 1956 under the name Disneyland Records; with their first release being "A Child's Garden of Verses". The company made a name change to Walt Disney Records in 1989. Most of the labels output is mainly children's music and recordings, mostly based on or around Disney cartoons and shorts, and has also produced recordings that do not involve any Disney characters, such as the "Children's Favorites" series. The labels repertoire includes both read along records as well as full length albums.

In a Silly Symphony 1934 RCA Victor Records
In a Silly Symphony 1934 RCA Victor Records

Record Debut

Since the first time Mickey Mouse whistled on the big screen in "Steamboat Willie" to the larger than life musical score of "Dinosaur," Walt Disney's history has gone hand in hand with music. Just five years after "Steamboat Willie," Mickey Mouse and his troop made the move into the field of commercial audio recordings (records) for the home. The first records of Disney songs were released in 1934 by RCA Victor which recorded by Frank Luther and his orchestra in November 1933, the music was from the popular Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphony cartoons, the titles include "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" "Mickey Mouse and Minnie's in Town," "In a Silly Symphony" and "Dance of the Bogey Man". This is a complete set of three records with each record being a two-sided 7" 78 rpm picture disc, with artwork related to that specific song. These records were originally issued in individual sleeves with an outer sleeve to hold the set.

The Three Little Pigs "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" Part 1

Frank Luther and His Orchestra Walt Disney Silly Symphony "The Three Little Pigs" b/w "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" RCA Victor 224-A Part 1 7"  78 rpm Shellac Record
Frank Luther and His Orchestra Walt Disney Silly Symphony "The Three Little Pigs" b/w "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" RCA Victor 224-A Part 1 7" 78 rpm Shellac Record | Source

"TheThree Little Pigs "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" Part 2

Frank Luther and His Orchestra Walt Disney Silly Symphony "The Three Little Pigs" b/w "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" RCA Victor 224-B Part 2 7" 78 rpm Shellac Record
Frank Luther and His Orchestra Walt Disney Silly Symphony "The Three Little Pigs" b/w "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" RCA Victor 224-B Part 2 7" 78 rpm Shellac Record | Source

Walt Disney "In A Silly Symphony"

Frank Luther and His Orchestra "In A Silly Symphony" RCA Victor 225-A 7" 78 rpm Shellac Record Silly Symphony Frank Luther with Orchestra RCA Victor Company 225-A
Frank Luther and His Orchestra "In A Silly Symphony" RCA Victor 225-A 7" 78 rpm Shellac Record Silly Symphony Frank Luther with Orchestra RCA Victor Company 225-A | Source

"Mickey Mouse and Minnie's Mouse In Town"

Frank Luther and His Orchestra "Mickey Mouse and Minnie's Mouse In Town" RCA Victor 225 B 7" 78 rpm Shellac Record Silly Symphony
Frank Luther and His Orchestra "Mickey Mouse and Minnie's Mouse In Town" RCA Victor 225 B 7" 78 rpm Shellac Record Silly Symphony | Source

Silly Symphony Lullaby Land "Lullaby Land of Nowhere"

Frank Luther and His Orchestra Silly Symphony Lullaby Land "Lullaby Land of Nowhere" RCA Victor 226-A  7" 78 rpm Shellac Record 1934
Frank Luther and His Orchestra Silly Symphony Lullaby Land "Lullaby Land of Nowhere" RCA Victor 226-A 7" 78 rpm Shellac Record 1934 | Source

Silly Symphony Lullaby Land "Dance of the Bogey Men"

Frank Luther and His Orchestra Silly Symphony Lullaby Land "Dance of the Bogey Men" RCA Victor 226-B  7" 78 rpm Shellac Record
Frank Luther and His Orchestra Silly Symphony Lullaby Land "Dance of the Bogey Men" RCA Victor 226-B 7" 78 rpm Shellac Record | Source

Silly Symphony "Three Little Pigs"

The Golden Age of Walt Disney Records

This is the first comprehensive price guide/discography that covers the complete output of Disney recorded music on Disney as well as non-Disney labels. "Disneyana" and record collectors alike will appreciate this catalog of over 2,500 recordings with current market values.

Walt Disney's "Ludwig Von Drake" Golden Records

Walt Disney's "Ludwig Von Drake"  Golden Records R668 78 rpm Yellow Vinyl Record
Walt Disney's "Ludwig Von Drake" Golden Records R668 78 rpm Yellow Vinyl Record | Source

Walt Disney's "Song for Toby Tyler" Golden Records

Walt Disney's "Song for Toby Tyler" Golden Records R584  78 rpm Yellow Vinyl Record
Walt Disney's "Song for Toby Tyler" Golden Records R584 78 rpm Yellow Vinyl Record | Source

Walt Disney's "Pollyanna" Golden Records

Walt Disney's Pollyanna Golden Records R609 78 rpm Yellow Vinyl Childrens Record
Walt Disney's Pollyanna Golden Records R609 78 rpm Yellow Vinyl Childrens Record | Source

Walt Disney's Davy Crockett Golden Records

Walt Disney's Davy Crockett Be sure You're Right Golden Records D213 Yellow Vinyl Walt Disney Childrens Record
Walt Disney's Davy Crockett Be sure You're Right Golden Records D213 Yellow Vinyl Walt Disney Childrens Record | Source

Walt Disney's Fantasia "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"

Walt Disney's Fantasia "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" Capitol Records 7-50241 Walt Disney 78's Bozo Approved
Walt Disney's Fantasia "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" Capitol Records 7-50241 Walt Disney 78's Bozo Approved | Source

Walt Disney's Mousketeer Record - GM 104A

Walt Disneys Mouseketeer Record GM 104 Orange Vinyl 78 rpm Record
Walt Disneys Mouseketeer Record GM 104 Orange Vinyl 78 rpm Record | Source

Disney Overseas

UK Decca F 5655 Old King Cole Walt Disney Impressions No 6. Picture Label
UK Decca F 5655 Old King Cole Walt Disney Impressions No 6. Picture Label

Disney Records in England

In the late 1930s the most active market for Disney recordings was England, where Decca Records released "Old King Cole" & "Meet Mickey Mouse" also Gramophone Co. Ltd. released soundtrack recordings of Disney shorts, including "Three Little Pigs," "Mickey's Grand Opera," and "The Grasshopper and the Ants." Starting In 1937 RCA entered into a broad-based contract with Disney. Under this agreement, RCA released the English Gramophone soundtrack records in the United States, as well as "El Raton Volador," a Spanish-language version of Disney's "The Flying Mouse," on the RCA Bluebird label. Finally, RCA signed on as the exclusive producer of Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphony records, a license they held for a dozen years. In the same year RCA was also allowed the license to rerecord both English and Spanish versions of all or part of the sound from the film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." The following year, RCA Victor released a three-record set described as "songs from Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" with the same characters and sound effects as in the film of that title." This was the first soundtrack album from a feature film. The album was released in the United Kingdom on His Master's Voice records.

Walt Disneys "Pinocchio" 1940

Walt Disney's "Pinocchio" RCA Victor Records P-18 (1940) 3 10" 78 rpm Shellac Record Set
Walt Disney's "Pinocchio" RCA Victor Records P-18 (1940) 3 10" 78 rpm Shellac Record Set | Source

Recorded From The Original Soundtrack

In 1940 RCA Victor released an album described as recorded from the original soundtrack of the Walt Disney Production "Pinocchio". This is the first time the phrase "original soundtrack" was used to refer to a commercially available movie recording.

In 1959 Disneyland Records revolutionized children's audio with the introduction of the Storyteller Series, which allowed children to follow a story through narration, music, and sound effects while reading along in a fully illustrated book. Consequently, several generations of children grew up unable to turn a page without hearing Tinker Bell prompt first.

Songs From Annette and Other Walt Disney Serials 1958

Songs From Annette And Other Walt Disney Serials Walt Disney Productions MM 24  7" EP 33 1/3 rpm Vinyl Record (1958)
Songs From Annette And Other Walt Disney Serials Walt Disney Productions MM 24 7" EP 33 1/3 rpm Vinyl Record (1958) | Source

Walt Disney's "Cinderella" 1960

Walt Disney's "Cinderella" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3908 12" LP Vinyl Record (1960) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book
Walt Disney's "Cinderella" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3908 12" LP Vinyl Record (1960) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book | Source

Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" 1964

Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3922 12" LP Vinyl Record (1964) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book
Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3922 12" LP Vinyl Record (1964) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book | Source

Donald Duck "Trick-or-Treat: Stories and Songs of Halloween"

Donald Duck "Trick-or-Treat: Stories and Songs of Halloween" Disneyland Records 1358 12" Vinyl Record with Two Halloween Masks
Donald Duck "Trick-or-Treat: Stories and Songs of Halloween" Disneyland Records 1358 12" Vinyl Record with Two Halloween Masks | Source

Donald Duck - "Trick Or Treat" Cartoon 1952

Walt Disney's Jungle Book 1967

Walt Disney's "Jungle Book" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST 3948 12" LP Vinyl Record (1967) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book
Walt Disney's "Jungle Book" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST 3948 12" LP Vinyl Record (1967) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book | Source

Walt Disney's "The Swiss Family Robinson" 1968

Walt Disney Presents "The Swiss Family Robinson" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3977 12" LP Vinyl Record (1968) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book
Walt Disney Presents "The Swiss Family Robinson" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3977 12" LP Vinyl Record (1968) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book | Source

Walt Disney's "Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs" 1969

Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3906 12" LP Vinyl Record (1969) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book
Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3906 12" LP Vinyl Record (1969) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book | Source

Walt Disney's "Bambi" 1969

Walt Disney's "Bambi" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3903 12" LP Vinyl Record (1969) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book
Walt Disney's "Bambi" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3903 12" LP Vinyl Record (1969) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book | Source

Walt Disney's "Peter Pan" 1969

Walt Disney's "Peter Pan" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3910 12" LP Vinyl Record (1969) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book
Walt Disney's "Peter Pan" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3910 12" LP Vinyl Record (1969) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book | Source

Walt Disney's "Pinocchio" 1969

Walt Disney's "Pinocchio" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3905 12" LP Vinyl Record (1969) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book
Walt Disney's "Pinocchio" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3905 12" LP Vinyl Record (1969) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book | Source

Walt Disney's "Gnome Mobile"

Walt Disney Presents the Story of the "Gnome Mobile" Disneyland Records ST 3946 12" LP Vinyl Record Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book
Walt Disney Presents the Story of the "Gnome Mobile" Disneyland Records ST 3946 12" LP Vinyl Record Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book | Source

Walt Disney's "Songs & Stories of Uncle Remus" 1970

Walt Disney "Songs & Stories of Uncle Remus" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3907 12" LP Vinyl Record (1970) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book
Walt Disney "Songs & Stories of Uncle Remus" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3907 12" LP Vinyl Record (1970) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book | Source

Walt Disney "The Aristocats" 1970

Walt Disney "The Aristocats" Disneyland Records ST 3995 12" LP Vinyl Record (1970) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book
Walt Disney "The Aristocats" Disneyland Records ST 3995 12" LP Vinyl Record (1970) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book | Source

The Stories & Songs of "Living Free Born Free" 1972

The Stories and Songs of "Living Free Born Free" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3803 12" LP Vinyl Record (1972) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book
The Stories and Songs of "Living Free Born Free" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3803 12" LP Vinyl Record (1972) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book | Source

Walt Disney's "Robin Hood" 1973

Walt Disney "Robin Hood" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3810 12" LP Vinyl Record (1973) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book
Walt Disney "Robin Hood" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3810 12" LP Vinyl Record (1973) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book | Source

Walt Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" 1980

Walt Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3907 12" LP Vinyl Record (1980) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book
Walt Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" Disneyland Records Storyteller ST-3907 12" LP Vinyl Record (1980) Gatefold Cover w/ Illustrated Book | Source

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Walt Disney's Mary Poppins "Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious" b/w "Mary Poppins Song" Buena Vista Records F-434 7" Vinyl Record US Pressing (1964)
Walt Disney's Mary Poppins "Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious" b/w "Mary Poppins Song" Buena Vista Records F-434 7" Vinyl Record US Pressing (1964) | Source

Buena Vista Records

Buena Vista Music Group now known as the Disney Music Group, is a collection of affiliated record labels which are all subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Company. Buena Vista Records, a label devoted to soundtrack recordings of mostly live-action Disney film musicals, such as Mary Poppins, The Happiest Millionaire, Babes in Toyland, and Summer Magic, as well as recordings by actors then under contract to Disney, such as Annette Funicello, Fes Parker, Hayley Mills and often, at the same time that Buena Vista Records released a genuine soundtrack album. 1965 was the year of "Mary Poppins" for Disney. The film was wildly popular and garnered Academy Awards for best actress Julie Andrews, best song "Chim-Chim-Cher-ee", best score, best film editing and best visual effects. The Buena Vista soundtrack album of "Mary Poppins" was a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious hit and spent a company record 14 weeks in the No. 1 position on the Billboard chart. The recording won two Grammy Awards, Best Recording for Children and Best Original Score and achieved sales of more than 2 million units.

Walt Disney's Mary Poppins 1964

Walt Disney's Mary Poppins "Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious" b/w "Mary Poppins Song" Buena Vista Records F-434 7" Picture Sleeve Vinyl Record US Pressing (1964)
Walt Disney's Mary Poppins "Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious" b/w "Mary Poppins Song" Buena Vista Records F-434 7" Picture Sleeve Vinyl Record US Pressing (1964) | Source

Annette Funicello "Annette's Beach Party" 1963

Annette Funicello "Annette's Beach Party" Beuna Vista Records STER 3316 12" LP Vinyl Record (1963) US Pressing
Annette Funicello "Annette's Beach Party" Beuna Vista Records STER 3316 12" LP Vinyl Record (1963) US Pressing | Source

Annette Funicello "Annette's Pajama Party" 1964

Annette Funicello "Annette's Pajama Party" Beuna Vista Soundtrack BV 3325 12" LP Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1964) Special Guest Dorothy Lamour
Annette Funicello "Annette's Pajama Party" Beuna Vista Soundtrack BV 3325 12" LP Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1964) Special Guest Dorothy Lamour | Source

Mickey Mouse "What No Mickey Mouse" 1970

Mickey Mouse "What No Mickey Mouse" b/w "Minnies Yoo Hoo" Buena Vista, F-477 7" EP Vinyl Record (1970) 45 rpm
Mickey Mouse "What No Mickey Mouse" b/w "Minnies Yoo Hoo" Buena Vista, F-477 7" EP Vinyl Record (1970) 45 rpm | Source

Walt Disney's "Old Yeller"

Walt Disney's "Old Yeller" Disneyland Records DQ-1258 12" LP Vinyl Record
Walt Disney's "Old Yeller" Disneyland Records DQ-1258 12" LP Vinyl Record | Source

Disney Records Into the 1970s & Beyond

Popular music continued to change, trend after musical trend came and went but Disney was able to weather the changes because of the solidity and timelessness of its children's product and its ability to capitalize on musical trends "Disney-style." The best example of this came in 1979, with the release of the smash-hit record "Mickey Mouse Disco," which capitalized on the disco and dance craze. The record earned platinum sales awards (more than a million units) in the U.S. and Canada, and similar sales were recognized in such far-flung markets as Portugal and Australia. "Record World" magazine named "Mickey Mouse Disco" the No. 1 Children's Album. Later Disney contemporary concept records were also successful, including "Donald Duck Goin' Quackers" and "Mickey Mouse Splashdance." The tradition continues with the 1996 release of "Mickey's Sports Songs," an athletic-themed album featuring favorite Disney characters.

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Mickey Mouse "Steamboat Willie"

Mickey Mouse "Plane Crazy"

Mickey Mouse "The Gallopin' Gaucho"

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Interesting read - would love to see more images! :)

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      I remember we had the Mary Poppins one when I was a child.

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      Really cool vintage stuff here!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      The Murray book above is a fine catalog reference, but the first and only comprehensive history of Disney vinyl records is MOUSE TRACKS: THE STORY OF WALT DISNEY RECORDS by Tim Hollis and me (mousetracksonline.com). One of the major influences on our book was the unpublished memoir of Disneyland.Vista President Jimmy Johnson, INSIDE THE WHIMSY WORKS, which is going on sale in February '14.

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      Chacidy 2 years ago

      Haljelulah! I needed this-you're my savior.

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      Fox Music 24 months ago

      Thanks Anonymous (Greg Ehrbar author) for the Heads Up On Your Book Mouse Tracks: The Story Of Walt Disney by Tim Hollis and Greg Ehrbar

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